18 July, 2008

Celebrating Cultural Diversity through Singing

Amazing how a lovely group of people from all around Australia and New Zealand are able to come together, harmonise with each other and become an organised choir within a short period of time!

Singing in Samoa is actually about a group of Australians and New Zealanders who travel to Samoa on holidy and at the same time celebrating cultural diversity through singing. It's one of those experiences where you would hop off the plane, into the warmth of the tropics, greeted by singing and dancing and then eventually immerse yourself in the host destination's culture.

Participants need not be experienced singers, but a love and passion for music does the job. These are the words by Jennifer Richardson, the organiser of Singabout Tours. Whilst in Samoa, they have sung in various gatherings in churches including the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Saleapaga. In addition, they have been able to partake in cultural activities such as cultural singing, weaving hats and ganging up with the locals. They have also acquired the services of well known song writer and vocal organiser, Tony Backhouse.

Their ground handler, Mark Bertwhistle from Berties Tours is very much looking forward to turning this into an annual event. The previous year saw 48 participants and was a huge success. The group wrapped up their Samoan holiday with an afternoon at STA grounds whereby they were warmly greeted by Samoa Tourism Authority and Executives of Samoa Hotel Association.

Anyone who is interested in joining Singabout is more than welcomed to contact Jennifer on email: info@singabout.com.au or simply log onto their website: www.singabout.com.au.